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Random Glimpses of Ho Chi Minh City

A Photo Essay

Opera House at Night, Ho Chi Minh City

Opera House at Night, Ho Chi Minh City

It is difficult to grab the complexity of a metropolis like Ho Chi Minh City in just a few days. This photo essay provides a few random glimpses of a huge and highly diverse city we visited twice, in 2003 and 2014, each time for about 5 days.

Ho Chi Minh City has changed a lot since our first trip: it has turned into a modern city, with sleek skyscrapers, elegant shops, hip restaurants for the well-off Vietnamese new middle-class and a lot of quiet and shady parks that invite you to sit down, relax or take a leisurely stroll. But there is still the Ho Chi Minh City we remember, the bustling city with zillions of motorbikes going any which way, a maze of small backstreet, vibrant and vivid markets that will challenge all your senses… Continue Reading →

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Can Tho & The Mekong Delta

A Photo Essay

Floating Markets, Can Tho, Mekong Delta

Floating Markets, Can Tho, Mekong Delta

From our trip back in 2003, we have few lasting memories, most likely because it was raining all the time. Only a few faint images of the Floating Market in Can Tho, and some tourist-overrun manufactures producing rice noodles and other local produce survived.

So on this trip we decided to explore this area on our own and were pleasantly surprised to find in Can Tho a very pleasant city. We took endless strolls through small back streets, and a few meters away from the waterfront, tourists were not seen anymore! Those few steps make you realize the huge gap between those still clinging on to a very traditional life, while others – especially younger people and the ever-growing middle class – have arrived in the globalized world of iPhones & western clothes.

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One Month Discovering Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

We traveled through Vietnam from July 18th to August 18th 2003. First we stayed a few days in Ho Chi Minh City at a friend’s place, visiting the city and discovering the Vietnamese cuisine, which we found extremely delicious. From Ho Chi Minh, we explored the famous and really spectacular Cu Chi Tunnels dug by the Vietcong during the American War as it is called in Vietnam.

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